NEW HAVEN - A New Britain man was sentenced Friday to 5 1/2 years in federal prison for his role in supplying crack cocaine to Hartford gang members, authorities said.
Michael Chapman, 26, was one of 16 alleged Hartford street gang members charged by federal authorities in March with operating a heroin and crack cocaine ring in the Parkville section of the city. He pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.
The Hartford police Vice and Narcotics Division and the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force conducted “Operation Stamp Out” to investigate the activities of the “Orange Street Killas,” who authorities said were selling heroin and crack in the Orange, Cherry and Arbor Street areas.
As part of the grand jury indictment, four of the alleged gang members involved in the drug operation were also charged in a robbery and shooting in Hartford on Oct. 8.
Chapman was among those charged as supplying drugs to the gang, federal authorities said.
Hartford police, working with federal authorities were able to get court-ordered wiretaps to listen to conversations between Chapman and other participants in the ring.
They revealed an extensive drug operation with gang members at times using colorful language to describe the “high quality” heroin they were selling and that it was certain to get “the whole block” high, court papers said.
The officers used informants to make undercover buys from the group, the court papers said. In one case, one of the participants in the ring lifted his shirt to show the undercover buyer his recent gunshot wound, the papers said.
Chapman was arrested with 15 others on Feb. 10 As part of the operation, law enforcement officials seized heroin, crack cocaine, guns and ammunition.
The men and one woman, Yolanda “Sexy” Lozada, 38, of East Hartford, were charged with federal drug offenses and could serve decades in prison if convicted.
Chapman was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in New Haven to 66 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@newbritainherald.com.